default judgment
default judgment see judgment 1a

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

default judgment
n.
Judgment entered against a defendant who fails to defend himself or herself by responding to the plaintiff’s complaint or appearing in court.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


default judgment
At trial, a decision awarded to the plaintiff when a defendant fails to contest the case or comply with required procedural steps. For instance, the defendant may fail to respond to the plaintiff's complaint within the required time, or simply neglect to show up in court. To appeal a default judgment, a defendant must first file a motion in the court that issued it, asking to have the default vacated (set aside).
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

default judgment
Where a respondent to a claim has not presented a court or tribunal with a response within a specified time limit, or where a response has not been accepted, the court or tribunal may issue a default judgment deciding the claim without a hearing if they consider it appropriate to do so. A default judgment may determine liability only, or liability and remedy, on the basis of the information that has been provided. Default judgment is judgment by administrative act rather than trial. In litigation, it is the early determination of a claim by reason of the defendant's failure to file an acknowledgment of service or a defence within the time limits set down by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) (or the defendant's indicating in those documents that the proceedings are not being contested).
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


default judgment
Judgment entered against a party who has failed to defend against a claim that has been brought by another party. Under rules of civil procedure, when a party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead (i.e., answer) or otherwise defend, the party is in default and a judgment by default may be entered either by the clerk or the court.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


default judgment
I
Judgment entered against a party who has failed to defend against a claim that has been brought by another party. Under rules of civil procedure, when a party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead (i.e., answer) or otherwise defend, the party is in default and a judgment by default may be entered either by the clerk or the court.
II A judgment entered against a party who fails to appear in court or respond to the charges.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

default judgment
n.
   if a defendant in a lawsuit fails to respond to a complaint in the time set by law (commonly 20 or 30 days), then the plaintiff (suer) can request that the default (failure) be entered into the court record by the clerk, which gives the plaintiff the right to get a default judgment. If the complaint was for a specific amount of money owed on a note, other money due, or a specific contract price (or if the amount due is easy to calculate) then the clerk of the court can enter a default judgment. If proof of damages or other relief is necessary, a hearing will be held in which the judge determines terms of the default judgment. In either case the defendant cannot speak for himself/herself. A defendant who fails to file an answer or other legal response when it is due can request that the default be set aside, but must show a legitimate excuse and a good defense to the lawsuit.
   See also: complaint, default, summons

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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